POMEGRANATES are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets, and are available from several local farms. POMEGRANATES have been a popular part of the human food chain for at least 4,000 years, but their popularity in America is a recent phenomenon, mostly due to the fact that POMEGRANATES and/or POMEGRANATE JUICE have been dubbed one of the new Super Foods. And why not? POMEGRANATES are high in vitamin C and potassium, they are a great source of fiber, they are low in calories, and they contain particularly high amounts of three different types of polyphenols - a potent form of antioxidants. The three types - tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid - are all present in many fruit juices, but fresh POMEGRANATE JUICE contains higher amounts of all three of them than any other juice.
DID YOU KNOW: The part of the Pomegranate that we eat is the aril, or seed casing. The peel and the white pulp membranes are inedible. Sometimes called seeded apples or Autumn apples, Pomegranates figured prominently in the worship of a number of ancient Goddesses, including the Anatolian Goddess Cybele, the Mesopotamian Goddess Ishtar, and the Greek Goddess Hera. They also hold a central role in the Greek myth of Persephone, and are considered by many scholars to have been the fruit described in the Old Testament as the forbidden fruit.
Price: $ 1.50 per pound